@greg: The calculator doesn't use the dimensions to calculate the prices, it is only to make sure the parcel isn't too large. The price is based on the products weight. If you only want to use satchels 500g or 3kg, maybe it will be better for you to use the standard shipping module.
I am a novice at joomla and by extension, virtuemart. I was recommended to use virtuemart because of the auspost calculator, but I have not been able to alter it and have read nothing but issues in threads on this site.
While I have posted this request elsewhere, it seems you may be the local area expert on it. So please consider my theories, questions and requests.
i wish to have two postage options, one is for local customers within a few kms of where I live. I will deliver personally to them for $5. Everyone else pays auspost rates. Ideally for this it would compare the postcode of their home with the postcodes (about ten that I input into a config screen) and either lets them choose that option just doesnt show it if they are out of zone.
In another forum someone said that the old version of auspost module bundled with vm didnt use the Australian post calculator because aus post dont have an api to gain info from, just html page results.
I live in Melbourne and figured that the auspost module would take the postcode I gave in the configuration as my home address then find the cheapest post rates to any other postcode in aust.
I rang aus post and was told not to use boxes (and dimensions) in most calculations as either the standard 500g or 3 kg red bag satchels would be cheaper than boxes, or 'free form' (packed into a rugged cardboard parcel) may be cheapest - for this you just need the weight (as long as its reasonably small in size and under 20kg.
at the moment the VM auspost module is delivering a fee of $26 to post 400g or 3 kg FROM my address, TO my address. WRONG!
As all I can see is the option for turning the bundles vm auspost option on or off, there is no way to configure it?
I sell pet treats by the bag that are either small sizes such as 100g to 250g or bulk bags of 1kg. it would be great if an auspost module existed for VM that allowed you to choose for it to display either the higher or lower postage rate calculated from using either a satchel or packing it yourself. And do it on dynamic auspost data (or at least allow you to edit rates as they change them)
I would have thought that this would have been resolved by now, but all I keep reading is people having issues with small programming patches, that the average user may not want to do or may not have the skills to do.